Little Red Cap | Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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95 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Colorado, United States
grimmbrosbrewhouse.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Altbier is German for “Old Beer”, this refers to the “old” style of brewing using an ale yeast (As opposed to a lager yeast fermentation which is a relatively new process). This beer originated in the Westphalia region of Germany in a town named Dusseldorf. Due to the cool climate of Dusseldorf, Altbiers employee an ale yeast that has evolved over time to ferment at somewhat cooler temperature than that of other ale yeasts. This cool fermentation produces subtle yeast derived esters and leaves a clean malty beer. In addition to this cool clean fermentation, altbiers are then lagered at cold temperatures to help smooth and refine the beer. The result of this is a very clean and hoppy red ale.

Coming in at 6.2% ABV and IBUs Little Red Cap is an easy drinking hop forward beer worthy of its heritage. We use a bit of Cascade hop to give it an “American Twist” while maintaining its German heritage. This beer won a Gold Medal at the 2011 and 2016 GABF and a Bronze at the 2012 GABF. It also won a Silver Award at the 2016 World beer cup.

Added by Oxymoron on 07-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,822
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
95
pDev:
15.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by denver10:
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3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt amber with a nice size fizzy khaki head. Flavor and aroma both offer a not overly sweet toffee, some pitted fruit, and some bread. A nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, not necessarily a bad beer but not one I was a huge fan of. I am not very familiar with the style, alt bier, but I'd personally grab an Alaskan Amber over this.

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Photo of Todd
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy ruby amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is toasted caramel malts with a little roast.

The flavor is sweet, toasted caramel malts and a little apple with some roast and a lot of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, decent alt - toasted caramel and toffee malts with quite a bit of hop bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz pint at the brewpub in Loveland, Colorado.

This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, wispy off-white head, which leaves little in the way of lace in the vicinity of the glass.

It smells of bready, crackery malt, a hint of lemon peel, a bit of ash, and earthy hops. The taste is more gritty bready caramel malt, some apple and citrus fruitiness, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a tad fizzy, with an underlying foaminess, the body a sturdy medium weight, and somewhat clammy in its smoothness. It finishes on the dry side, the malt losing any bready sweetness, and the hops remaining earthy, and kind of musty.

A rather pleasant Alt, the malt kept tight to the chest, while the fruit and hops put their heads down and do their background jobs. Something to sip on for a while, should that occasion arise, at least until the heretofore undetected alcohol comes into play.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of xzibitlovesbeertoo
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dry, grainy biscuit malt, graham crackers. Flavor follows with slightly sweet grainy biscuit malt, graham crackers and bread crust, a hint of lemon and apple juice. Finishes with crackery malt and light grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A decent domestic interpretation of the altbier style, the color and malt are appropriate and the light grassy hops have a continental flavor. Perhaps a little maltier than I remember from traditional altbiers, but flavorful enough to be quite enjoyable. The malt profile reminded me of a sessionable old ale, although the moderate hopping is still more than found in that style. An enjoyable light, malty ale. I liked this one.

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1/5  rDev -71.9%

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3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.52/5  rDev +27%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajmitch4
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maxecho
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.97/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a honey-orange color with a 3 finger head, leaving mountainous lace behind as it recedes slowly. Opacity clocks in at about 80%.

Aromas of stale grains and wet cardboard; it actually reminds me of Budweiser's Batch Twelve. A touch of cardamom and brown sugar.

Super hoppy and super sweet at the same time - not a good combination. Sharp stale hop stabs the palate simultaneously as waves of brown sugar, brine, and dill weave in and out. Yucky.

Feel is mostly watery with a little carbonation to help it down. Ends wet with a touch of parchment dryness.

Little Red Cap is an utter drain pour and tastes like an expensive malt liquor and has absolutely no redeeming qualities. The artwork is 500x better than the liquid inside. Never again. Scrub my tongue.

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3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, deep red with a small off-white head that lingers.

Smells of slight bready/biscuit and lager sulfur (not out of balance). Also has some subtle earthy/herbal character.

Taste is up front rich, caramel malt that continues through the middle before ending on a slightly bitter finish that leaves notes of cherry and grapefruit. Caramel and slight cherry fruit flavor stand out the most.

Light to medium body and medium carbonation makes the beer quite drinkable.

Pretty nice beer overall. I enjoy the way it balances an interesting malt and hop profile without being overly complex; it makes for a beer you can have multiple of.

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Little Red Cap from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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